Doncaster Rovers complete deal for West Ham defender Herita Ilunga

Rovers' James Coppinger leaps over a tackle from West Ham's Herita Ilunga.
Rovers' James Coppinger leaps over a tackle from West Ham's Herita Ilunga.

ROVERS have signed West Ham United left back Herita Ilunga on a three-month loan deal - and are close to adding his Hammers teammate Frederic Piquionne.

Congolese full back Ilunga, 29, has been pushed down the pecking order at Upton Park since the arrival of George McCartney.

West Ham are thought to have sanctioned a deal which will see the East End club pay the majority of his hefty wage packet.

French forward Piquionne is also thought to be high up on the new manager’s wanted list - and negotiations with the 32-year-old are at an advanced stage.

Saunders wants to inject power, pace and experience into his squad - and Piquionne fits the bill.

The former Lyon, Monaco and Rennes forward was sent off on his last appearance for West Ham against Portsmouth on September 10.

Rovers also want Piquionne on a short term loan.

They currently have Ilunga, Ryan Mason, Milan Lalkovic and Jon Parkin on loan.